Australia | Cost of Studying and Living

Costs of courses in Australia can vary depending on what route and type of study is chosen, with this in mind we’ve put some figures together for prospective students to consider.

English language courses

For students looking to study English language classes in Australia (or perhaps an English language course leading to an official certification), then the cost tends to be lower than longer term courses. Costs can of course vary depending on the chosen course, but on average these types of courses cost around $300 per week (this will vary with the length of the chosen course).

Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas

Courses from Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas tend to be longer in length than specific language courses and so the cost implications will reflect this. Prices can range from $4,000 for a shorter Certificate programme to $22,000 for course such as Advanced Diplomas.

Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees

  • Bachelor’s degrees usually range from around $10,000 to $20,000 per academic year, varying depending on the institution selected. Private universities can charge in excess of this at upwards of $30,000. Most universities in Australia are public and so the chances are that most students would attend these. With university studies, there is often financial help available such as scholarships.
  • Masters studies in Australia can range on average from $20,000 to around $30,000 for an academic year. The more coveted institutions can charge their students more. There tends to be research scholarships and other bursaries that students can apply for.
  • Doctorate degrees can vary significantly in costs in line with the chosen university but on average students wishing to study at this level will be looking at paying from $14,000 to $37,000 a year in tuition. Much like other degree course, it is possible for students to apply for research scholarships to aid their studies. For students wishing to study on medical programmes, fees can be in excess of $40,000 depending on the chosen course.

Accommodation and amenities

When moving to another country, it is important to bear in mind the average cost of living for the chosen area. In Australia, the cost of living can be much more economical in the more rural areas of the country. Inner city living will, in general, be more expensive, largely due to the convenience and amenities readily available.

The rent payable on accommodation can vary with the number of rooms in the rental, typically around $1000 PCM to $1750 PCM in the inner city. Sometimes students opt to rent accommodation with more rooms so that they can share with a small group of other students/professionals and split the cost of the rental.

Opting to live on campus is generally a lot cheaper at around $750 PCM and will also allow students to experience living with a larger group of students.

Some accommodation will include bills as a package deal but other arrangements will require students to budget additional funds for amenities.

We have calculated some averages for students to consider below:

  • Gas and electric at around $50 - $100 PCM
  • Phone and internet (this can usually be provided as a package) at around $150-$200 PCM
  • Water and trash at around $50 PCM
  • Groceries at around $200 PCM